Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Crafting retreat weekend

On the weekend I was lucky to head off to a crafting weekend with girls from TheSewing Sisterhood

I joined (from the photo above from left to right):

We stayed at The White House in Healesville which allowed us lots of beds and plenty of space to craft (we set up two tables in one living space for sewing and still had the comfort of the loungeroom for stitching and tea breaks).

I wasn't there Friday so I can't tell you what they got up to but I know by the time I arrived on Saturday a little quilting had occurred (I hope to update you more on that later - it is kinda a post on it's own!).

We all decided on certain things we wanted to learn throughout the weekend and it was all so low key and stress free. Plenty of time for chatting, tea and coffee drinking and you should have seen the baked goodies that came - oh boy!!

First there was shirring lessons from Mel and Mia - learning how to do it and make little dresses. It is certainly something I would like to try soon as I really thought it was much harder than it looks!

Mia and Mel helping Jodie

Here is Emma modelling the dress that Leigh made. Seriously this little girl was an angel all weekend and was happily handed around to whichever 'aunty' was free and available for as many hugs and snuggles that she could withstand.

Emma modelling her mummy's shirred dress
We were all sent a little fabric to make a token gift to swap (I blogged mine yesterday). It was so fantastic to see everyone's interpretation of the fabric.

Our swap gifts (I was lucky to get the TSS heat bag in the middle)
I bought along some 'stitchery' patterns for us to do a little hand embroidery and taught a few basic stitches. It was lovely to see Bridie finish her little elephant for her soon to be born baby boys nursery (just 4 weeks away!). The free pattern is here. I better finish mine to share with you.
Bridie's cute little elephant stitchery

Amy shared some techniques for creating a zippered pouch. Since I already have made them, I thought I would make a zip clutch from Michelle's patterns (affiliate link). This pattern is no longer available but lots of AMAZING bags, clutches and purses to choose from. Thanks so much Amy for the tips on the zipper. I will absolutely be fusing them down in the future - much better finish!

My little zip clutch - future teacher gift!
After a late night on Saturday night we were up and out early and headed to Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander for brunch on Sunday morning. It was here that Leigh taught us how to sew with hexies (or hexagon quilting). I'm TOTALLY addicted now so expect to see them popping up everywhere.  

A little hand stitching with hexies
A very very busy weekend but so much fun. Thank you girls. Can't wait for the next one.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Funky Mister

Holly, one of our Sisters, and owner of both Or Elsie (for girls) and Puppy Dogs Tails (for boys) has recently launched her Funky Mister shorts sewing pattern. The Funky Mister shorts have long been a popular item for Puppy Dogs Tails but now the pattern is available for you to sew yourself at home!

Lots of the Sisters have Funky Misters of their own who needed shorts and loved the style so gave it a try and were very impressed at the simplicity of the pattern and how quick a sew it is. There's plenty of options too - you can opt for cuffs or plain, pockets or not, plain elastic waist or drawstring - and we all seemed to pick different options!

Naomi from Ohana Trends made a heap of shorts for her little boy - and he looks very pleased with them!

Jane from Lil Pip got adventurous and made hers in knit. There's a review up on her blog, and a discount code for the pattern too!

Melanie from MelliMoo Creations made these awesome super hero theme ones:

Leigh from Sakurako made a pair in linen for each of her boys: 

Angela from Perigren Creations went with the bright and cheery Dr Seuss:

And last but not least Amy from Ladybugs and Daisychains made her little boy a pair in denim with a drawstring:

Be sure to share on the TSS Facebook page photos of your own Funky Mister creations!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause 2013 - Three Little Chickens

Collaborate for a Cause 2013 begins tonight! The facebook auction starts at 8pm. With over 280 collaborations there is sure to be something for everything!

Many of the Sewing Sisters have been involved in collaborations this year, including Jodie from Three Little Chickens, who teamed up with KrAe-Z KiDzLittle Cherubs and Curly Girl and Goose - for your little treasures to create an amazing Rainbow Brite collaboration to raise money for The Kids Cancer Project.

Brighten your child's day with this size 4 pinafore, featuring beautiful rainbow ruffle sleeves.

Top off the outfit with a stunning hair clip full of ribbons, tulle and feathers!

Decorate a special room or party area with this rainbow bunting, which also comes with a matching sprocket cushion. 

And don't forget to share all the rainbow fun with this dolly. She stands 42cm tall, has a removable dress and is perfect for gentle play.

You can bid on this collaboration here. While you are there have a look through the rest of the album - if you are anything like us at the Sewing Sisterhood, not to mention this gorgeous model, you wont be able to help yourself but smile!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause 2013 - Gypsy Jean Creative and Puppy Dog Tails

Sewing Sisters Holly from Puppy Dogs Tails and Tracey from Gypsy Jean Creative have teamed up with Hero Nation to create a brilliant bedroom set for Collaborate for a Cause.

I Am Ninja!  has been created to raise money for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Association of Australia in memory of Lachlan who passed away from SMA this year, aged 3 months.

The I Am Ninja! Set is the perfect package for a little Ninja’s bedroom. It features a large quilt from Puppy Dog Tails. Made using quilters cotton and lined with a 100% bamboo centre for natural warmth, it measures approximately 200cm wide x 250cm long.

This adorable fleecy Ninja PJ bag from Hero Nation helps to make having a neat and tidy bedroom fun!

Completing the collaboration is this set of 3 coordinating fabric baskets from Gypsy Jean Creative (Small – 13.5cm(w) x 9.5cm(h) x 9cm(d) Medium - 16.5cm(w) x 12cm(h) x 9cm(d), Large 19cm(w) x 15.5cm(h) x 11.5cm(d)).

Bidding begins on Friday 26th July at 8pm. You can find the listing for the I Am Ninja! set here. The Sewing Sisterhood can't wait to see how much money this amazing set raises in memory of a special little boy.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause 2013 - Lil Pip, Sakurako and Little Magnolia Button

Lil PipSakurako and Little Magnolia Button had a wonderful time working together to create a Sofia the First inspired collection to raise money for the Cancer Council Victoria.

Your princess will love this beautiful dress from Lil Pip. The beautiful lavender coloured dress is double layered and fully lined, made using quality quilters cotton. A size 4 dress is available immediately, or a custom sized dress (sizes 1-6) is available with a 4-6 week wait. With a full circle skirt, it is perfect for twirling, or dancing, or sitting down for a cup of tea! The dress is made using a Lily Bird Designs pattern.

The perfect companion to any tea party is the mini Sofia dolly from Little Magnolia Button. Mini Sofia is made using quilters cotton, 100% wool felt, poly fill and features a hand embroidered face. Her everyday skirt matches the lavender dress, but she also comes with a party skirt for special occasions. Mini Sofia is made using a pattern from Dolls and Daydreams.

When all of the tea drinking is over, tuck Mini Sofia into her beautiful baby carrier with pillow and quilt, designed and created by Sakurako. This beautiful element of the collaboration is made using quilters cotton featuring beautiful princess castles and carriages and quilted using cotton batting.

We hope that your beautiful princess spends many hours playing with and enjoying this collaboration while you enjoy the knowledge that you have supported such a wonderful charity.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause 2013 - ThreeTimesBlessed

 Sewing Sister Cassie from Threetimesblessed has teamed up Rosie Red and Buster and Squirt to create an adorable outfit to raise money for Mummy's Wish Inc.

The Sunshine on a Rainy Day set is perfect for any size 6 girl. 

The beautiful jacket is made from cotton and is reversible, giving it's wearer the choice of two adorable looks.

A short sleeve t-shirt has been hand appliqued with a sun and rain cloud. It features delicate beading, making it that little bit more special. The matching circus skirt features co-ordinating cotton panels.

Threetimesblessed has contributed a beautiful hair accessory pack to complete the outfit. The pack includes a set of 4 alligator ribbon clips, two elastic hair ties and a flower headband featuring lace and button details.

The listing for this collection can be found here. Bidding begins on Friday at 8pm and closes at 8pm on Sunday 28th July.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause - Ladybugs & Daisychains

Amy from Ladybugs & Daisychains has teamed up with the very talented Pretty Parcel and Saturday Lollipop to create a fabulous collection for women to raise money for The McGrath Foundation.

Amy has created a beautiful kiss clasp denim purse. It features a cupcake applique, is fully lined with cotton and measures approximately 6x4x2.5". It is the perfect size to hold your phone and keys.

The gorgeous purse is matched by an adorable little cupcake pendant, beautifully handmade from polymer clay. It sits on a delicate silver plated ball chain neck lace and is approximately 40cm long.

This sweet set is completed with an apron. The apron is made from 100% cotton, is easy to wash and features a front pocket perfect to put your jewellery in while baking. One size fits most.  

You can find this collaboration here. The auction is open from the 26th-28th July.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Collaborate for a Cause 2013 - Gypsy Jean Creative and Perigren Creations

The Sewing Sisterhood is a big supporter of the annual charity auction Collaborate for a Cause. This year it is being held on 26th - 28th July. A number of the sisters have teamed up with each other and other handmaid businesses to create some wonderful collaborations. Leading up the auction we will be profiling the collaborations that the Sewing Sisters have contributed to.

First up, Tracey (Gypsy Jean Creative) and Angela (Perigren Creations).

Spice up your kitchen with this vibrant collaboration between Gypsy Jean CreativeLittle Sew & Sews and Perigren Creations with all monies raised being donated to Cancer Council Queensland – giving hope for a cancer free future.

There will be no more burnt fingers when warming up bowls of left overs in the microwave with your new Bowl Cosies.  Place your bowl in the Bowl Cosie and then place in the microwave to heat up your meal.  The cosie is insulated with natural fibres (100% cotton) and is free from glues and resins.

A set of 3 reversible bowl covers will keep your food free from flies and other insects while dining outside.  To fit bowls approx. 6”, 9” and 10” in diameter.  The elasticised band will allow the covers to fit a range of bowls sizes.

Keep your favourite recipes neat and tidy in your new fabric covered recipe book.  The notebook contains 250 blank pages giving you the freedom to be as creative as you like with your recipes.  Clip new found favourites from magazines and glue them in or handwrite old favourites and family traditions.

The coordinating fabric covered cork board is perfect for keeping your kitchen organised.  Pin your shopping list or things to do on your board and keep you kitchen bench tidy!

And to complete this vibrant ensemble is a gorgeous frilly apron with adjustable ties around the neck and waist. 

You can find the listing for these items here. Mark the 26th July in your diary so that you can bid on this wonderful collection.

Monday, March 4, 2013

What's On!

The Denim Showcase is on this Wednesday at Melisa Jane and three of the Sisters have items up for grabs.

From Sakurako there is a single bed size coverlet quilt in a strip design in blue, green and denim with seersucker, zoo animals, stripes and dots, plus a matching sprocket pillow.

Handmade by 3 Little B's has a size 4 Sparkling Willow Wren shirred flutter sleeve dress in denim and pink with a adorable willow wren applique.

And from Puppy Dogs Tails are the funky Classic Comic size 4/5 mutli-fit treasure pocket pants in dirty denim, featuring Marvel Comics character print panels and red contrast cuffs.

Have you entered Gypsy Jean Creative's draw to win a $50 store voucher?  Entries close at midnight on 8th March.  Make sure you head on over and enter the draw before it's too late!

Also on this week is the Tilda Showcase at Mindy. It opened tonight and items are selling fast so get in quick.

M's Cute Creations have an adorable ruffle sleeve dress available in a range of sizes.

And Ohana Trends have a size 4 skirt and co-ordinating elephant softie plus a cute little matching bag.

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